[Techtalk] How to change Gnome's mimetype handling

Eeva Järvinen eevaj at welho.com
Sun Mar 4 11:13:24 UTC 2007

On Sat, Mar 03, 2007 at 05:01:06PM -0800, Akkana Peck wrote:
> The standard system mime type database is in /etc/mime.types,
> with applications for each mime type specified in /etc/mailcap.

Oddly enough, /etc/mime.types says:

audio/x-pn-realaudio	      ram rm

which is, AFAIK, completely correct.

/etc/mailcap is almost empty, just a lines for audio/mod, image,
application/msword, application/pdf, application/postscript, text/html
and application/x-java-jnlp-file, but that's all, so apparently
mailcap is being phased out, and it is replaced by something

It seems to me that the answer is lurking somewhere in Gnome's
configuration, but there's so much of the stuff I can't make neither
head nor tail out of it -- I'm not a Gnome developer, even though I
consider myself computer-literate.  Heck, I admin, configure and
specify content management systems fora living!  This can't be that
hard once I find out where to start, but I wouldn't want to start
reading C source or getting familiar with how Gnome's vfs works
internally: it just seems so unnecessary.  I mean, I can read and
write C and numerous other computer languages, but what's the point?


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